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Drag and drop GridView items for ordering, in ASP.NET 2.0

, 9 Dec 2007 CPOL
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Drag and drop GridView items for re-ordering of the items.

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In DragAndDropGridView, the user can rearrange a grid item via dragging and dropping. The user can drag a gridview item and then drop it on the item where he/she wishes to swap with. This control is very helpful for large grid items where we require to order items within the grid.

Using the code

Add the control to the toolbar or add a reference to Utility.dll in your project. Then, bind with the data source which you need to order. Now, add the DragAndDropEvent handler. DragAndDropEventArgs gives you the start index (source row index) and the EndIndex (destination row index). With these indices, update the data source and rebind the grid.

How this control works

This control is inherits from the GridView so that we can benefit from the GridView features.

HandleRow event

Handle the mouse down and mouse up events of each row in the gridview:

protected override void OnRowDataBound(GridViewRowEventArgs e)
   //set the java script method for the dragging

    e.Row.Attributes.Add("onmousedown", "startDragging" + 
                         this.ClientID + "(" + e.Row.RowIndex + ",this); ");
    e.Row.Attributes.Add("onmouseup", "stopDragging" + 
                         this.ClientID + "(" + e.Row.RowIndex + "); ");

Whenever the user clicks on a grid item, a div is added in the body and the innerHTML of the div copies the selected item. Now, set the document mouse move event for the moving item.

document.onmousemove = function ()
    if(__item" + this.ClientID + @" != null){
        __item" + this.ClientID + @".style.left=  
          window.event.clientX + document.body.scrollLeft + 
          document.documentElement.scrollLeft ;
        __item" + this.ClientID + @" =   
          window.event.clientY + document.body.scrollTop + 
          document.documentElement.scrollTop ;

When the user ends up on another grid item, we call stopDragging(). This method calls the post back event.

Register the post back event script

The __doPostBack method is not added into the page until we register the post back event on the client-side by calling the Page.ClientScript.GetPostBackEventReference(this, "") method, which will create the __doPostback method on the client side.

Raise the post back event

Handle the RaisePostBackEvent of the control for raising the drag and drop events:

protected override void RaisePostBackEvent(string eventArgument)
    //Handle the post back event

    //and set the values of the source and destination items

    if (Page.Request["__EVENTARGUMENT"] != null && 
        Page.Request["__EVENTARGUMENT"] != "" && 
        char[] sep = { ',' };
        string[] col = eventArgument.Split(sep);
        DragAndDrop(this, new DragAndDropEventArgs(Convert.ToInt32(col[1]), 


This EventArgs contains the start and the end index for the dragging event:

public class DragAndDropEventArgs : EventArgs
    private int _startIndex;
    /// <span class="code-SummaryComment"><summary></span>
    /// Index of the source item
    /// <span class="code-SummaryComment"></summary></span>

    public int StartIndex
        get { return _startIndex; }

    private int _endIndex;
    /// <span class="code-SummaryComment"><summary></span>
    /// Index of the destination item
    /// <span class="code-SummaryComment"></summary></span>

    public int EndIndex
        get { return _endIndex; }

    public DragAndDropEventArgs(int startIndex, int endindex)
        _startIndex = startIndex;
        _endIndex = endindex;


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About the Author

Rupesh Burad
Team Leader Nagarro Software Pvt Ltd.
India India
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Comments and Discussions

QuestionMerged Cells in Grid view PinmemberMember 108754428-Oct-14 6:55 
QuestionDrag And Drop GridView Jquery Pinmemberamit_jain_online22-Apr-12 23:56 
AnswerRe: Drag And Drop GridView Jquery PinmemberRupesh Burad23-Apr-12 19:31 
GeneralMy vote of 1 PinmemberDaniel Groh18-Jul-11 2:04 
QuestionProblem with MasterPages and Content Sections... :( PinmemberZubair53020-Jun-11 10:42 
Questiondraganddrop event doesn't fire in Pinmemberkelmeister10-Feb-11 11:37 
GeneralCSS or SkinID for DragAndDropGridView PinmemberRodrigo Esparza3-Nov-10 6:58 
GeneralPostback do not raise with drag and drop, only raise event on simple click.... (I'm using the sample code) PinmemberRodrigo Esparza21-Oct-10 6:09 
GeneralRe: Postback do not raise with drag and drop, only raise event on simple click.... (I'm using the sample code) PinmemberRodrigo Esparza21-Oct-10 7:08 
GeneralRe: Postback do not raise with drag and drop, only raise event on simple click.... (I'm using the sample code) [modified] PinmemberRupesh Burad21-Oct-10 19:13 

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